I didn’t know what to expect when I booked to see Quiz; a play inspired by the real life events behind the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire coughing scandal. But at £15 to sit on stage when I was already in London for Kinky Boots? I was definitely game to see what this Chichester Festival Theatre production had to offer after falling in love with Half A Sixpence last year (one of their previous productions).
I remember when Kinky Boots made its Broadway debut back in 2013. Mainly because I was obsessed with American Idiot (I’ve still not seen it, but they’re touring later in the year. Definitely going to have to go) prior to this and one of the cast members was cast as Charlie Price. Oh Stark Sands, 16 year old Sophie loved you so much. But despite having seen Killian Donnely in The Commitments in 2014 and loving him in it, I just didn’t get the same excitement for him to play the role when it transferred to the West End. It was probably due to the ticket price, I’m going to be honest. Well in February I noticed a sale on the Adelphi Theatre website and managed to get second row stalls tickets for £20 (which are currently bookable for other dates at closer to £70 – ouch). Now I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to see Kinky Boots this time, and gave myself a midweek two show day in my Easter break.
I remember the announcement of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie hitting the West End. Whilst I hadn’t heard much about it’s Sheffield try out (other than it being a sell out), I knew I was going to have to see it at some point. When I popped to London one casual Wednesday afternoon a couple of weeks ago to go to the Bat Out Of Hell Press Launch, I entered a ton of Today Tix lotteries (use my code CMXVT to get £10 off your first order) which I unfortunately didn’t win. However, for entering the Everybody’s Talking About Jamie lottery that day, I was entitled to £29.50 tickets in a seat which often goes for almost three times that amount. A real steal! I took the opportunity to see the show that has everybody falling in love from a fantastic seat, rather than my usual view from the upper circle.
I really enjoy seeing a show during it’s preview period. For one, it’s much cheaper and I’ll do anything to save a bit of money on theatre tickets. And secondly, there are very few reviews to taint my initial experience. Ruthless! The Musical made its West End debut and opened at the Arts Theatre this week, and a few theatre influencers were invited to see it on Friday prior to the opening, and I’m a little lost for words on how to describe the show.
I’m writing this far later than I had planned. I mean, I attended closing night over two weeks ago! But after a knockout run at The Other Palace, I had to discuss what I thought about the cult favourite Eugenius. This is one of the hottest new shows that the theatre community cannot stop talking about, and had an almost unheard of number of sold out shows during its 6 week run. Unfortunately I was busy for most of the run, but I made it to closing night after hearing weeks of raving from the theatre community, and I wanted to throw my thoughts into the ring.
Bat Out Of Hell has had a pretty rocking go of it over the past year all so. From Manchester tryouts, to the London Coliseum and onto Toronto, Bat Out Of Hell is back in the capital at the Dominion Theatre for audiences to enjoy all over again. And this girl right here was invited to the press launch earlier this week. I know!